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Trabajo realizado durante una residencia de 2 meses en el Sculpture Space. Utica, NY.

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Work done during a 2 months residency at Sculpture Space. Utica, NY.

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El trabajo realizado en Sculpture Space continuó mi interés sobre el objeto ritual, su relación con el objeto artístico y el proceso que sigue desde su origen, construcción y relación simbólica con la comunidad.
Elegí para trabajar ciertos elementos característicos de la zona, analizando su forma y materia en relación a su representación simbólica con respecto a la naturaleza, siendo esta una correspondencia ambigua entre la producción, digestión y deshecho de ciertos objetos de producción masiva y su deriva dentro de la cultura de consumo. Mi interés se centró en recuperar estas formas de los alrededores y generar nuevos objetos rituales a partir de materiales de deshecho y otros objetos considerados culturalmente como de "mal gusto" o en el mejor de los casos, como camp.
El propósito fue descubrir de que manera el arte puede –o no– añadir un nuevo valor a estos objetos considerados desechables ya sea por inservibles o por ser malformaciones socioestéticas.

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The work done in Sculpture Space continued my approach to ritual objects, its relation with the artistic object and the process that follows from its origin, construction and symbolic relation within its community.
I chose certain elements characteristic of the Utica area, analyzing its form and matter in relation to its symbolic representation within nature, this being an ambiguous correspondence in between production, digestion and waste of certain mass produced objects and its drift within consumer culture. My interest was focused on recovering these forms from the surroundings and generating new ritual objects from waste materials and other objects considered culturally as "bad taste" or best case scenario, as camp.
The purpose was to discover how art can -or maybe not - add new value to these considered disposable objects either because of its uselessness or socio-aesthetic malformations.

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LINK: What's a penny made of?
LINK: Brief history of Native American war clubs

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Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops

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Sculpture Space
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Haudenosaunee war club
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Tombarry art club
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The surrey with the fringe on top
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Technological ritual object #1
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The American Spirit
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The American Spirit (side B #1)
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The American Spirit (side B #2)
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The American Spirit (side B #3)
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Unlikely spirit of the marsh
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Unlikely spirit of the marsh
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Unlikely spirit of the marsh
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Unlikely spirit of the marsh
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Little spirit of the marsh
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Antler tree
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Antler tree (detail)